Tea Party Express: First Stop, Nebraska’s Ben Nelson
There is a very strong possibility that with Virginia Senator James Webb announcing his retirement, 2012 has the potential to flip the senate from a Democratic majority to a Republican one. One other seat that could make the difference? Nebraska’s senate seat held by Democrat Ben Nelson.
It’s no wonder the Tea Party Express is now focused on it as a “top target” for 2012.
On Wednesday, Sal Russo – chief strategist of the Tea Party Express – distributed an email to supporters.
It states that the group is “pleased to tip you…to the exclusive news that we will be making another Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, one of our top targets for defeat in these upcoming 2012 elections.”
“Nelson traded his principles, our freedoms & liberties, and the quality of our nation’s healthcare system–all for $100 million for Nebraska,” the email states. “Nelson is a Democrat elected in a conservative ‘Red State’ and he seemed to think he could buy off votes for his re-election.”
The charge goes back to last year’s heated battle over health care reform -and pertains to a potential perk for Nebraska.
To help secure Nelson’s vote for the health care package, the bill included a $100 million Medicaid exception for Nebraska. Republicans dubbed it the “Cornhusker Kickback,” a phrase that includes the name of Nebraska college sports teams.
Should Nelson be worried? Considering some of the Tea Party Expresses last big races, backing Christine O’Donnell, Joe Miller and Sharron Angle, maybe he should be happy they are getting involved in his race.